How Solaxis Grew a Leading Design, Tooling, and Manufacturing Company with SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys

Solaxis Ingenious Manufacturing, Inc. is an innovative company that specializes in 3D printing, 3D scanning, design, prototyping, and tooling. The Canadian manufacturing services provider has embraced the use of advanced design, rapid prototyping, and production technologies to offer superior, efficient solutions to clients in the aerospace, ground transportation, defense and security, robotics, and manufacturing industries.

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Since its start, the company has been delivering high-quality parts, tooling, and services to integrators, assemblers, and manufacturers, with quick turnaround times for 3D design, prototyping, short-run production, jigs, fixtures, tooling, and proof of concepts. Today, Solaxis has grown to become one of the largest manufacturing companies in Canada, specializing in fused deposition modeling for rapid prototyping, specialized tooling, and low-volume production applications.

How did Solaxis grow to becoming a manufacturing leader? To start, Solaxis President François Guilbault knew that choosing the right 3D CAD system and 3D printer for rapid prototyping and direct manufacturing was critical to meeting the company’s vision of providing fast, flexible options for product design, tooling, and manufacturing.

Using the combination of SOLIDWORKS design and analysis tools and Stratasys 3D printers, Solaxis has grown to become one of the largest manufacturing companies in Canada, specializing in fused deposition modeling for rapid prototyping, specialized tooling, and low-volume production applications.

“With SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys solutions, we’re simply faster, especially for specialized tooling applications,” Guilbault stresses. “A conventional approach to developing a jig can take anywhere from 12 to 14 weeks. We’ve completed these types of projects—from design to production—in just three weeks using SOLIDWORKS software and Stratasys 3D printers, which is at least a 75 percent reduction in development cycles when compared to traditional techniques.”

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By utilizing the SOLIDWORKS solutions, Solaxis has increased its tooling and 3D-printing businesses by 20 percent each, cut tooling development cycles by 75 percent and greatly reduced material usage, scrap and rework. Read the full case study to learn more about Solaxis and learn businesses can leverage the best design, analysis and rapid prototypinig tools to create better products faster.

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Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. offers complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage your data. SolidWorks products are easy to learn and use, and work together to help you design products better, faster, and more cost-effectively. The SolidWorks focus on ease-of-use allows more engineers, designers and other technology professionals than ever before to take advantage of 3D in bringing their designs to life.